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Author Jernelöv, Arne
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2010
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Public administration & military science ♦ Administration of economy & environment
Subject Keyword Oil spills ♦ Blowouts ♦ Deepwater Horizon ♦ Ixtoc I ♦ Marine environment ♦ Pipelines ♦ Tanker accidents ♦ Environmental Engineering/Biotechnology ♦ Environmental Management ♦ Physical Geography ♦ Meteorology/Climatology ♦ Ecology ♦ Environment
Abstract The ongoing oil spill from the blown-out well by the name of Macondo, drilled by the ill-fated rig Deepwater Horizon, has many features in common with another blowout in the Mexican Gulf that happened three decades ago. Then the oil gushed out from the Ixtoc I well drilled by the Sedco 135-F semi-submersible rig. In the years between these catastrophes, the source and nature of oil spills have undergone large changes. Huge spills from tankers that ran aground or collided used to be what caught the headlines and caused large ecological damage. The number and size of such accidental spills have decreased significantly. Instead, spills from ageing, ill-maintained or sabotaged pipelines have increased, and places like Arctic Russia, the Niger Delta, and the northwestern Amazon have become sites of reoccurring oil pollution. As for blowouts, there is no clear trend with regard to the number of incidences or amounts of spilled oil, but deepwater blowouts are much harder to cap and thus tend to go on longer and result in the release of larger quantities of oil. Also, oil exploration and extraction is moving into ever-deeper water and into stormier and icier seas, increasing potential risks. The risk for reoccurring spills like the two huge Mexican Gulf ones is eminent and must be reduced.
ISSN 00447447
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-08-24
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 16547209
Journal AMBIO
Volume Number 39
Issue Number 5-6
Page Count 14
Starting Page 353
Ending Page 366


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